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    Thomas Bryant, 7, and his twin sister, Julia Bryant, dump out a bucket of sap at the Bryant family farm. The farm is home to Hilltop Boilers and every spring they tap thousands of trees and make Maine maple syrup in their sugar shack. The Bryant family has been making maple syrup for four generations and Thomas and his siblings will be the fifth.

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    Different grades of maple syrup from previous harvests glow at Tim's Sugarshack in Whitefield on the 2016 Maple Syrup Sunday.

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    Tim Chase checks a sap bucket at his sugarshack in Whitefield on 2016's Maple Syrup Sunday.

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    Bruce Bryant watched as freshly made syrup drains from a tap in the sugar shack in Newfield in 2017.

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    Kevin Bacon closely watches maple sap boiling into syrup as steam rises from the evaporator at Bacon Farm Maple Products in Sidney on March 11, 2018. Bacon said the sap is running steadily and expects a good yield. "We're ahead of last year," he said. The huge evaporator produces 25-gallons of syrup an hour.

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    Rob Johanson checks the temperature of syrup he evaporated at the sugar shack at his family's farm in Dresden on February 28, 2018. The crew at Goranson Farm started hanging their 2100 taps on February 14 and reached a 100 gallons of syrup less than two weeks later. The farm will be open for tours on Maple Syrup Sunday on March 25, Johanson said, with horse drawn sleigh rides.

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    Stew Simpson and Taylor Smith screen sap on March 23, 2016 at the latter's home in Hallowell. The duo were preparing to evaporate the last batch of the season.

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    A fan of maple syrup parks at Nash Valley Farm on Maine Maple Sunday, 2017.

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    Gov. Paul LePage, center, starts to drill into a maple tree on March 20, 2018 at Blaine House in Augusta. Julia Bryant, left, 8 and her brother John Bryant, right, 10, both of Newfield, stand by to help with annual Maine Maple Sunday promotional tree tapping across the street from the Maine State House. The kids, whose family runs Hilltop Boilers in Newfield, have helped at the event for several years.

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    Shari Reynolds, right, holds a cup of ice cream covered with maple syrup and some baked beans served by Alexis Bennett inside the sugarhouse at Beaver Hill Plantation maple operation in Freedom on March 25, 2018. The business opened the sugarhouse to a steady flow of families on Maine Maple Sunday.

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    Guests enter and exit the Cobbs Hill Sugarhouse in Mt. Vernon on Maine Maple Sunday, 2018. (

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    Sap drips from a tap in a tree at the Bryant family farm in Newfield in February, 2017. Every spring they tap thousands of trees and make Maine maple syrup in their sugar shack on site.

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    Bruce Bryant, in February of 2017, at the Newfield farm where he and his family own and operate Hilltop Boilers. The Bryant family has been making maple syrup for four generations.

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    John Bryant, 10, stands among the maple trees the family taps behind their home right down the road from Hilltop Boilers in February, 2017.

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    Chef Frank Giglio taps a maple tree near his home in Throndike in March, 2017. Giglio uses sap for syrup and as a base for a rootbeer mead.

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    Neil Haley, 3, of Falmouth enjoys vanilla ice cream with fresh maple syrup while visiting Nash Valley Farm in Windham with his parents, John and Marjorie, on Maine Maple Sunday in 2017.

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    Elijah Nitz, 6, takes in the boiling process with help from Bruce Christiansen inside the sugar house at Nash Valley Farm on Maine Maple Sunday in Windham, 2017. Elijah was with his brother, Calvin, 4, and his dad, Ryan.

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    Visitors at Cooper‰s Maple Products make their way to and from the Windham farm on Maine Maple Sunday, 2017.

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